Four Decades of Rugby


​​John Huw Williams and Lynn Davies in 1962

​"I studied for my teaching course in Advanced Physical Education, then Maths and Art at Cardiff Training College in Heath Park from 1961 to 1964.

I had a fantastic time studying there - we were in the Heath in my first year and then Cyncoed Campus opened in my second year.

I vividly remember, on a Thursday morning we all had to travel by bus to the Empire Pool for swimming lessons. I had great tutors - Roy Bish, Leighton Davies and Syd Aaron MBE. I ran in the University relay team with Olympic medallists Peter Radford, Lynn Davies and David Nash, the then Welsh team coach and former British Lion, also studied with us.

John Lloyd, who coached the Welsh team, coached me and I was also in college with Wales players such as Tony Gray.

I also started playing rugby with Cardiff RFC and was in the same three-quarter line as Gareth Edwards, Barry John and Gerald Davies.  When we toured South Africa with Cardiff, all the players in the three-quarters line spoke in Welsh.

The guy who really stood out for me was a disciplinarian was the Vice Principal Eric Thomas. He always insisted that students had to have certain standards of dress and you couldn't go into the refectory without a collar and tie. We had to be back in college by 11pm but my mate John Evans and I lived in digs on Cyncoed Road in our second and third years. 

From there, I went to teach in Penarth's St Cyres Secondary School in 1964, then became their Head of Sport. I also came back to coach at UWIC between 1991 and 1997. 

I had seen an advert in the Western Mail than Don Llewellyn was finishing at the University​​​, and had just come back from New Zealand with the Welsh Schools, where we had a very historical win out there, with players like the young Scott Quinnell on the team. 

I really enjoyed that coaching time at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education from 1991 to 1997 and the team rose from the Cardiff District Level up to the Second Division, which was a great achievement. We had some really excellent wins and I was coaching twice a week with a Saturday game, as well as coaching my school side on a Saturday morning - it was a busy but fantastic time.

My daughter Rhian did her teaching training course at UWIC and met her husband Tristan​ Williams there. My other daughter Sian Elin's son Tom Hillman is currently in his second year studying the same as I did - he's a Sport Coaching Student and really enjoying himself".


John Hugh Williams
Chairman of Cardiff RFC and Board Member of Cardiff Blues Regional Rugby